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Lewisham: St Mary's Church- garden renovation

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on October 28, 2013 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

St Mary the Virgin is the parish church Lewisham and has been situated on the ancient Kent to London road for over a thousand years. Most of the current edifice including the clock tower dates back to the 17th century. - See more at: http://www.projectdirt.com/person/6842/lewisham-gardens-admin#!/journal_entry/21344/


My connection to the church goes back two decades to Sunday School! I took along jasmines, a virginia creeper, statuesque verbenas, a climbing rose and lots of shade tolerant evergreen and flowering shrubs. Sadly it didn't even make a dent on my groaning cold frame! 

We were joined by a friend and fellow community gardener who turned up with a rake strapped to her bicycle! Love it! Together we put in the
new plants in, divided up congested beds and moved scores of plants.

The real business of the day came later- the planting of a memorial tree and bed. Cecilia, a much loved and long time member of the St Mary's congregation died unexpectedly. While the churchyard has been closed to burials since the 1850s, worshippers can on application to the Priest request to plant a tree in memory of a loved one.



Downham: Bring a Plant Day! Volunteers Needed!

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on April 11, 2012 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (8)

Goldsmiths Community Garden is undergoing a fantastic change. 

The garden which had fallen into disrepair is being transformed into an Apothecary Garden, a living space filed with herbs, vegetables and flowers designed to compliement their new Wellbeing Service. 


They need volunteers and plants!

So come along on Monday afternoon if you can and help shape a new therapeutic space. 

If you are unable to attend on a Monday  afternoon- get  in touch- Email:[email protected]

Address: 

Goldsmiths Community Centre

Castillon Road

London SE6 1QD Click for map

Telephone: 0208 698 3741

Hither Green Community Garden- Update.

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The 225 Bus Stop Community Garden-  Springbank Road, Hither Green. Photo(c) HGCA

Had a great  4 hours volunteering at the Hither Green Community Garden and Station Embankment on Saturday. Gorgeous weather.

  • Cut back lots of last years herbaceous growth to make room for the new shoots coming through now.
  • Lots of dead stuff for the new compost bags Josie Foster brought along.
  • Moved some of the invasive cranesbill geraniums and distributed them to some barer patches in other parts of the garden.
  • Heavily pruned the dogwood. 

 Biggest issue remains dog mess.  Why are people so gross?  Why dont they pick up after their animals.  anyway,  the hope if one all the ground cover has established, owners will be less inclined to allow their dogs to foul the place. 

Took along some climbers for the fence- passion flower, honey suckle and jasmine. Also gave away some of the soft ect garlic I plnted rather late in December. I am completely over whelmed with garlic now! Garlic, cavelo nero and a few herbs are the only edibles in my garden at the moment. Meet lovely new people and got hugs from friends too. Yay!

Photo- sticky cleavers- invasive weeds. 

Two Lewisham Councillors- Stella Jeffrey and Damien Egan were part of the HG Station embankent crew. They got SO much work done. They established two new compost heaps, filling them with the cleavers and many other weeds covering the hyacinths and tulips planted last autumn. There is talk of finding funding to get a secure lock box for the boots, wheelbarrows and tools- the long walk to platform 5 is exhausting after a morning's gardening. 

Photos from Saturday to come...!


 The Edible Bus Stop- The Edible Bus Stop http://www.fennelandfern.co.uk/blog/2012/03/22/the-edible-bus-stop/

Have a look- its a food growing project in Lambeth planted directly next to a bus stop on Landor Road.  Wonderful photos!

Hither Green Community Garden- Update.

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The 225 Bus Stop Community Garden-  Springbank Road, Hither Green. Photo(c) HGCA

Had a great  4 hours volunteering at the Hither Green Community Garden and Station Embankment on Saturday. Gorgeous weather.

  • Cut back lots of last years herbaceous growth to make room for the new shoots coming through now.
  • Lots of dead stuff for the new compost bags Josie Foster brought along.
  • Moved some of the invasive cranesbill geraniums and distributed them to some barer patches in other parts of the garden.
  • Heavily pruned the dogwood. 

 Biggest issue remains dog mess.  Why are people so gross?  Why dont they pick up after their animals.  anyway,  the hope if one all the ground cover has established, owners will be less inclined to allow their dogs to foul the place. 

Took along some climbers for the fence- passion flower, honey suckle and jasmine. Also gave away some of the soft ect garlic I plnted rather late in December. I am completely over whelmed with garlic now! Garlic, cavelo nero and a few herbs are the only edibles in my garden at the moment. Meet lovely new people and got hugs from friends too. Yay!

Photo- sticky cleavers- invasive weeds. 

Two Lewisham Councillors- Stella Jeffrey and Damien Egan were part of the HG Station embankent crew. They got SO much work done. They established two new compost heaps, filling them with the cleavers and many other weeds covering the hyacinths and tulips planted last autumn. There is talk of finding funding to get a secure lock box for the boots, wheelbarrows and tools- the long walk to platform 5 is exhausting after a morning's gardening. 

Photos from Saturday to come...!

Hither Green Community Garden- Update.

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 Photo(c) HGCA


Had a great  4 hours volunteering at the Hither Green Community Garden and Station Embankment on Saturday.

 

  • Cut back lots of last years herbaceous growth to make room for the new shoots coming through now.
  • Lots of dead stuff for the new compost bags Josie Foster brought along.
  • Moved some of the invasive cranesbill geraniums and distributed them to some barer patches in other parts of the garden.
  • Heavily pruned the dogwood. 

 

Biggest issue remains dog mess.  Why are people so gross?  Why dont they pick up after their animals.  anyway,  the hope if one all the ground cover has established, owners will be less inclined to allow their dogs to foul the place. 

Took along some climbers for the fence- passion flower, honey suckle and jasmine. Also gave away some of the soft ect garlic I plnted rather late in  December.  I am completely over whelmed with garlic now! Garlic,  cavelo nero and a few herbs are the only edibles in my garden at the moment. 

 

Meet lovely new people and got hugs from friends too. Yay!  Photos from Saturday to come...!